Rosberg is starting the weekend in Germany the fastest

Author of the article: , published July 29, 2016.

Nico Rosberg started the weekend before his home race in Hockenheim the fastest. The first free practice ended a good three tenths ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes' closest follower was Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari. Next in the top ten were Kimi Raikkonen in a second Ferrari, both Red Bulls, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciard; both McLarns, Fernando Alonso before Jenson Button; and both Toro Rossa, Daniil Kvyat before Carlos Sainz.

Alonso, who celebrated his thirty-fifth birthday today, held the fastest time in the beginning. In addition, he was one of the racers who faced a lack of grip in the first corner.

In the first forty minutes, he was at the top of Rosberg with 1: 17,030s on soft tires. Vettel held second place on the super soft tires and Hamilton was third on the soft ones as well. Most racers were already putting their fast laps on super soft tires at the time. Verstappen reported completely worn-out rear tires after just eight laps.

When Rosberg made another experiment on super soft tires, he moved his time to 1: 15,517s and although other racers improved as well, he reliably maintained the lead.

The time of rookie Charles Leclerc was within three tenths of a Romain Grosjean in the second Haas race car. A substitute racer at Renault, Esteban Ocon was right behind Kevin Magnussen.

Otherwise, we did not see any drastic events on the track. At the start of training, Valtteri Bottas took care of the spin and later Grosjean for a half turn in the ninth corner.

Racer The team Hour Lag Circles
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.517s - 32
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.843s 0.326s 30
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.667s 1.150s 29
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.852s 1.335s 23
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull / Renault 1m16.927s 1.410s 29
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull / Renault 1m17.089s 1.572s 30
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren / Honda 1m17.183s 1.666s 18
8 Jenson Button McLaren / Honda 1m17.612s 2.095s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso / Ferrari 1m18.008s 2.491s 25
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso / Ferrari 1m18.044s 2.527s 22
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber / Ferrari 1m18.198s 2.681s 28
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams / Mercedes 1m18.210s 2.693s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams / Mercedes 1m18.322s 2.805s 33
14 Romain Grosjean Haas / Ferrari 1m18.589s 3.072s 20
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India / Mercedes 1m18.591s 3.074s 35
16 Sergio Perez Force India / Mercedes 1m18.628s 3.111s 29
17 Charles Leclerc Haas / Ferrari 1m18.882s 3.365s 32
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m18.933s 3.416s 35
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber / Ferrari 1m18.961s 3.444s 22
20 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m18.981s 3.464s 30
21 Haryanto River Manor / Mercedes 1m19.167s 3.650s 34
22 pascal wehrlein Manor / Mercedes 1m19.975s 4.458s 33

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